(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 11, 2008 - Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) returned to the Statehouse today after back surgery and serious complications kept him away for five weeks. He said he is glad to be back in the House chamber.
"I did not anticipate that I would miss any of this legislative session due to my surgery, and it was difficult to be away, given the importance of this session in particular," said Rep. Thomas. "However, I have been kept well-informed and up to date on what is happening to address the statewide property tax problem.
"While much work has been done already to help homeowners substantially, there is a great deal of room for improvement," he said. "I believe we can further reduce spending at all levels of government.
"Also, I would like to see us find a way to give taxpayers more say in how their money is spent on large school building projects - without denying our schools necessary resources and improvements. We need to find a way to curb out-of-control spending without making the process too cumbersome for schools to get what they need to provide the best education to our children."
Rep. Thomas will return as a member on two House legislative committees, Judiciary and Courts and Criminal Code.
Here are the remaining deadlines for the last five weeks of the legislative session:
FEB. 21: Committee report deadline
FEB. 27, 28: Deadline for both House and Senate to pass bills already approved by opposite chamber.
MARCH 14: Deadline for both chambers to adjourn.
"I have heard much from my colleagues about the unprecedented spirit of bipartisanship currently in the House, and I look forward to a productive five weeks, in which we will be able to put together the most reasonable and effective solutions possible for Hoosier homeowners," Rep. Thomas added. "Just as important, I look forward to addressing other issues of concern to the people of District 44, such as economic development, education and controls on annexation."
Upon conclusion of the day's proceedings, Rep. Thomas made the motion to adjourn.
Rep. Thomas encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.